Who would be a football manager?
I thought I’d answer this age old question by collating some statistics and charts based on the current managers of all 90 Premier League and Football League clubs who have managers at this moment in time. I’m fully aware that this article is likely to be out of date as soon as its written, but I’d like to think that it gives a good indication as to the current trends and facts about football managers in our leagues today.
It’s perhaps unsurprising that the more experienced managers are to be found in the top flight. Though Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp’s ages bring the average up considerably for the Premier League as they are the two oldest managers of all four divisions.
Premier League: Alex Ferguson – Manchester United – 71
Championship: Neil Warnock – Leeds United – 64
League One: Graham Turner – Shrewsbury Town – 65
League Two: John Still – Dagenham & Redbridge – 62
Premier League: André Villas-Boas – Tottenham Hotspur – 35
Championship: Michael Appleton – Blackburn Rovers – 37
League One: Karl Robinson – Milton Keynes* – 32
League Two: Leam Richardson – Accrington Stanley – 32
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The above interactive chart shows another unsurprising fact. There are more foreigners plying their trade as football managers in the top flight than in the lower echelons of the football pyramid. Of the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs there are 53 Englishmen, 12 Scotsmen, 4 Welsh and 3 Northern Irishmen.
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Steve is the most popular name for a football manager in the top four flights of the football pyramid. Steve Bruce (Hull City), Steve Clarke (West Brom), Steve Evans (Rotherham United), Steve Thompson (Blackpool) and Steve Davis (Crewe Alexandra). There is only one Gus.